Newark High School is a public high school in Newark, Ohio. It houses a little more than 2,000 students. It is the only high school in the Newark City Schools district. Newark High School previously featured a college campus that is now a single building. Construction was completed in the Spring of 2013.
An additional 150 students attend the The Career and Technical Education Center (C-TEC) associated with the school. Newark High School was built in 1959 and opened in 1961. The school underwent a massive construction project beginning in the Summer of 2010 and completed in the Spring of 2013 to convert the school into one building with 6 classroom wings, a student commons, a gymnasium, an auditorium, and the facility in which the entire district's lunches are produced. Newark plays division I athletics in the Ohio Division of the Ohio Capital Conference. Major athletics rivalries are with Lancaster High School and Zanesville High School.
The Newark High School Sinfonia, directed by Susan Larson, competed in the National Orchestra Cup presented by Forte on April 5, 2009 and received the title of first runner up in the competition. Cellists Bryn Wilkin and Alex Van Atta also received best low string solo in the competition. The Newark High School Sinfonia was also featured in an article published in The New York Times by Dan Barry.
The school's C-TEC satellite program includes a broadcasting department, which enables students to participate in activities such as operating a closed-circuit television station.
The school's Latin Club functions as a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL) and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).
Newark High School's Auditorium
The Lawrence E. Griffin Performing Arts Center was built in 1970, and is still regarded as one of the nicer high school auditoriums in the state. James Swearingen wrote the piece "Proud Spirit" for Lawence E. Griffin and was first performed by the Pride of Newark at the auditoriums dedication. The NHS auditorium seats 1047 people. The first recording made there was of the NHS Choirs on April 28 and May 1, 1970. The auditorium has plans for expansion during the renovations in order to accommodate the performing arts classes.